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What is going on with the Cyberpunk 2077 children?

Have you ever noticed something off about the children in Cyberpunk 2077? While some of the kids appear to be relatively normal, one player on Twitter has discovered a pair of younglings that look more like adult character models shrunken down to child size. The unusual appearances are enough to fuel Cyberpunk 2077-themed nightmares.

Twitter user @tanisthelesbiab shared screenshots of two children she encountered while playing Cyberpunk 2077, a game plagued by many annoying and funny bugs. The first snap showed a young character in jeans, a striped tank top, and baseball cap, holding some sort of remote control system for a toy. Meanwhile, the second image showed another child character in a V-neck top and skinny jeans. The kiddos had one thing in common: their faces looked weirdly mature for their young ages. Clearly amused by this, @tanisthelesbiab wrote, "I seriously cannot get over how the Cyberpunk 2077 child models are just the normal civilian models shrunken down to look like kids."

She went on to point out that the adult-like child models are even more unusual given the fact that the 2018 trailer for the game featured a more typical-looking child playing with a virtual reality system. Fellow players took to the replies to share that there are many more normal child models in Cyberpunk 2077, but these two appeared to be an odd fluke.

User @FyreKeeper shared that they, too, noticed these adult-like children, but thought developer CD Projekt Red may have been making an effort to include little people in the game. However, the player was unable to do any harm to the characters, so they were indeed meant to be children. After all, CD Projekt Red confirmed back in 2019 that players wouldn't "be able to attack children or NPCs connected with the plot, but other than that you can be aggressive towards most people you meet."

It's unclear if these models included in Cyberpunk 2077 were intentional or some sort of error missed before publishing. However, an error wouldn't be surprising, especially considering the myriad of other problems within CD Projekt Red's futuristic action RPG. Since its release in early December, players have reported poor graphical performance on last-gen consoles, randomly spawning NPCs and vehicles, and even corrupted save files.

Cyberpunk 2077's problems have become so bad that CD Projekt Red offered refunds for the game and it was removed from PlayStation's digital storefront. CD Projekt Red may even be the target of a class action lawsuit related to the game. Those child characters are certainly an odd sight, but they may be the least of CD Projekt Red's worries right now.